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Here's Why I Think PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT) Is An Interesting Stock

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Some have more dollars than sense, they say, so even companies that have no revenue, no profit, and a record of falling short, can easily find investors. But the reality is that when a company loses money each year, for long enough, its investors will usually take their share of those losses.

So if you're like me, you might be more interested in profitable, growing companies, like PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT). While profit is not necessarily a social good, it's easy to admire a business than can consistently produce it. In comparison, loss making companies act like a sponge for capital - but unlike such a sponge they do not always produce something when squeezed.

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How Fast Is PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust Growing?

If a company can keep growing earnings per share (EPS) long enough, its share price will eventually follow. That makes EPS growth an attractive quality for any company. Impressively, PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust has grown EPS by 24% per year, compound, in the last three years. As a general rule, we'd say that if a company can keep up that sort of growth, shareholders will be smiling.

I like to take a look at earnings before interest and (EBIT) tax margins, as well as revenue growth, to get another take on the quality of the company's growth. Not all of PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust's revenue this year is revenue from operations, so keep in mind the revenue and margin numbers I've used might not be the best representation of the underlying business. PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust maintained stable EBIT margins over the last year, all while growing revenue 10% to US$398m. That's progress.

The chart below shows how the company's bottom and top lines have progressed over time. To see the actual numbers, click on the chart.

NYSE:PMT Income Statement, July 19th 2019

In investing, as in life, the future matters more than the past. So why not check out this free interactive visualization of PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust's forecast profits?

Are PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust Insiders Aligned With All Shareholders?

I like company leaders to have some skin in the game, so to speak, because it increases alignment of incentives between the people running the business, and its true owners. As a result, I'm encouraged by the fact that insiders own PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust shares worth a considerable sum. To be specific, they have US$39m worth of shares. That shows significant buy-in, and may indicate conviction in the business strategy. Even though that's only about 2.3% of the company, it's enough money to indicate alignment between the leaders of the business and ordinary shareholders.

It's good to see that insiders are invested in the company, but are remuneration levels reasonable? Well, based on the CEO pay, I'd say they are indeed. I discovered that the median total compensation for the CEOs of companies like PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust with market caps between US$1.0b and US$3.2b is about US$3.9m.

The PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust CEO received total compensation of just US$748k in the year to December 2018. That looks like modest pay to me, and may hint at a certain respect for the interests of shareholders. CEO remuneration levels are not the most important metric for investors, but when the pay is modest, that does support enhanced alignment between the CEO and the ordinary shareholders. I'd also argue reasonable pay levels attest to good decision making more generally.

Is PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust Worth Keeping An Eye On?

For growth investors like me, PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust's raw rate of earnings growth is a beacon in the night. If you need more convincing beyond that EPS growth rate, don't forget about the reasonable remuneration and the high insider ownership. This may only be a fast rundown, but the takeaway for me is that PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust is worth keeping an eye on. If you think PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust might suit your style as an investor, you could go straight to its annual report, or you could first check our discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation for the company.

Although PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust certainly looks good to me, I would like it more if insiders were buying up shares. If you like to see insider buying, too, then this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying, could be exactly what you're looking for.

Please note the insider transactions discussed in this article refer to reportable transactions in the relevant jurisdiction

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